📅 March 9, 2015
Btrfs shows promise as reliable Linux file system capable of handling large storage volumes (up to 16 exabytes), but how do you format a hard drive with it?
If we open GParted, for example, the btrfs option is grayed out.
The answer is to install the btrfs-tools package from the repository. In this case of Linux Mint 17.1, btrfs is not installed by default, so GParted shows the btrfs option as grayed out.
Will Linux Mint 17.1 mount a btrfs-formatted partition without btrfs-tools? From my tests, yes. But btrfs-tools is required in order to format a btrfs file system.
Once btrfs-tools is installed, the btrfs option will be selectable in GParted.
And then, the btrfs volume will be usable like any other file system in Linux.